August 22nd marks the opening of our year-round Farmers’ Market at the Fair! We will be mostly outside during good weather but will have a covered structure for protection from the elements. You can get to our Market via the Gate 5 entrance by the Floriculture Building at Lake County’s Fairgrounds in Lakeport, with parking right outside. Hope to see many of you Saturdays, 10 am to 1pm -rain or shine- at our 4 Seasons Finest Farmers’ Market!
The Middletown Community Farmer’s Market and Makers Faire continues at the Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Friday July 24 and every Fridays thereafter through September 25. The market features localfresh organic produce and makers wares including crafts, self-care items, and clothing. Come support your local Farmers and Makers!
Cornelia Sieber-Davis stands behind the curbside pickup booth, wearing a brown Lake County Farmers’ Finest t-shirt, her bright eyes framed by her bangs and the white mask covering the rest of her face. It’s Saturday in Kelseyville, and the Farmers’ Market is in full swing. “Many people choose to order online,” she says, bustling to move signs and boxes filled with produce. “And every week we’re getting more and more things to buy on the website. I get the orders and aggregate them all here.” She shuffles a box around and puts something else in it. It’s an adjustment to interesting times that seems to be working. The table is filled with boxes waiting to be picked up. While we’re chatting, a woman wanders over to the booth and pokes at a peach. “These are for curbside pickup,” Cornelia says brightly. “But, you can buy some just over there.” She points across the open area. “They’ve got plenty.” She chats for a while with the woman and shows her some of the olive oil on sale. It’s just one of the many items it’s possible to find at the market. You can find original paintings, jams and jellies, all different kinds of veggies, as well as honey, succulent starts, herbs, fruits, and cookies. It’s a cornucopia of Lake County’s finest.
A total of 22 contest submissions were received from Lake County writers from all around the lake of different ages and writing experience. A reading panel of 5 Lake County residents made the winning poem selections. Submissions were read blind without knowing names of those who wrote the poems until after selections were made. First place winner was Diane Tulley for her poem 65 Year Old Garden. Second place winner was Ariana Weinert for her poem The Market Season. Third place winner was Mia Ruiz for her poem The Golden Peach. Each winner was awarded a monetary amount in market money to use on fresh goods at the market (funds were sponsored by Lake County Bloom and Georgina Marie), had their poems on display for the market’s opening day, and their poems are being published in the Lake County Bloom. The remaining contestants have the opportunity to have their poems posted on the Lake County Farmers’ Finest website.
Opening day of this year’s farmers’ market was previously going to include the first Poetry Pop-Up at the Farmers’ Market of this year where local poets would share their poetry with market-goers, an event by Poet Laureate Georgina Marie that started in 2018. Since this cannot take place on opening day, both Georgina Marie and Cornelia Sieber, Market Manager, still wanted to continue with the goal of bringing the market and poetry together by offering a poetry contest to celebrate opening day of farmers’ market season. Lake County writers are invited to submit a food or farmers’ market related poem. A panel of 6 readers will then decide on three winners: first, second, and third place. The first place winner will receive $80 in market money, second place will receive $40 in market money, and third place will receive $20 in market money to use on fresh goods at the market. All winners will have their poems displayed at the market on opening day published in the Lake County Bloom.